What’s all this talk about “style,” and what does it mean for the modern practitioner of qigong or tai chi? If you want to understand the truth about qigong styles, then my own journey may help you to see things clearer.
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In this edition: Why so many forms?…How long does it take to see results with depression and anxiety?…How can I practice tai chi in a small space?…How can I feel qi?…How do I have no thoughts?…How do you know what to train?…
The abuse of power in the student/teacher relationship must not be tolerated. As we move forward into the 21st century, we must make massive efforts to prevent this kind of abuse. And if abuse does arise, then we must deal with it openly and effectively.
You’ve probably heard it a billion times from your teacher. “Don’t use strength!” But did you know that this phrase originally comes from a famous Tai Chi master named Yang Cheng Fu (1883–1936)?
No matter what style of Tai Chi you practice, no matter what lineage you claim, no matter how you place your hands and feet — you still use the same set of guiding principles. Those principles have been handed down through the generations, and inherited by ALL styles of Tai Chi, in the form of […]
What would you say if I told you to have blind faith in me, to do whatever I said without hesitation or question even if it was distasteful to you? Hopefully, you would tell me to get lost. If not, if you would blindly follow a teacher no matter what — well then I’m not […]
A few months ago, I was on a business trip with my wife. After a long day at a healing conference, we decided to stop in a cafe for some refreshments. Just for fun, I asked the server for a “Tai Chi latte”. I figured it was worth a shot. I didn’t get a mug […]
Unlike the other two Qigong sets that Bodhidharma taught, there are no written records of the techniques for Bone Marrow Cleansing. Some people think this means that the art has been lost. But the art was not lost.
The 12 postures of Sinew Metamorphosis involve subtle, internal contractions. This is why they are sometimes classified as “Hard Qigong”….
There are a lot of foreign words and names on this site. I know that it can get confusing, so in this post, I will try to define them in a way that you can easily understand.
What is the most widely practiced Tai Chi form in the world? Depending on who you ask, the answer would be The 24-Pattern Form, The Peking Form, The Short Form, or The Simplified Form. So which is it? Any of the above, really. All of these names refer to the same Tai Chi form developed […]
What do Cosmos Qigong, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Zen Meditation have in common? Sure, they’re all energy arts, and they all came from the Shaolin Temple. But did you know that they also came from the same man?
Ever since it was founded in 495 A.D., emperors of every succeeding Chinese dynasty have consecrated the Shaolin Temple as their Imperial Temple. This was where emperors prayed on behalf of their people. It was also the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. Today, every Zen school in the world traces its lineage back to the Shaolin […]